The quality of this repertoire is inspiring. The women who created it are inspiring. I have a great deal of gratitude for the women who have written music for my instrument, and for the musicians who have brought it to life with me.
Okay, so the name of our duo is not completely serious. It refers to our instruments’ underdog reputations. But we’re serious about the music we play. We hope you’ll be as pleasantly surprised by the combined sounds of our instruments as we were the first time we played together.
Chen Yi’s Dragon Rhyme employs musical intervals familiar from Beijing Opera, in a work rich in textual color and vivid intensity.